Rumors of War (Children of the Promise - Vol 1) (Children of the Promise #1)
The elders could see nothing but smoke until they turned the corner onto the
street where the fire was. And then, both of them stopped. "The
synagogue!" Elder Thomas said. It had never occurred to him that anyone -
even the Nazis - would do such a thing.
Elder Thomas got his camera out. He snapped the shot but then heard
someone say, in German, "What are you doing there?"
BUT this series was nothing like that. The story takes place during WWII and starts out in Sugarhouse area of Salt Lake (where I grew up) with a typical LDS family whose dad is the Bishop. These are very real characters that I grew to love. I've said before I have only read 2 books in my life where I sobbed. I cried so hard reading these...more
I actually had to read it. When I was at BYU I signed up for an LDS Literature class. My thought was: Really, how hard could reading a lot of Jack Weyland be? But you know what? That was a super awesome class! And we didn't even read 'Charly'.
The name 'LDS Lit' wasn't e...more
Opening the novel, I was able t...more
1) I'm usually not a big fan of LDS fiction. It tends to be kinds dorky and a little too in-your-face spiritual. Not to mention badly written. But I liked this book. It wasn't like that at all.
2) I took a creative writing class from Dean Hughes, and he's totally and completely awesome. I'll try not to let that fact slant my review.
I really liked this novel. It has well developed characters and story line, and it's super clear that Hughes did his research (it's a...more
Well, I did it. I'm not a super fan of the LDS fiction genre. It's generally super cheesy and unrealistic and preachy. But I love historical fiction, and Rumors of War delivered a great story. Set in the years leading up to World War II, the story details the lives of members of the fictional Thomas family. The tale switches from Alex, serving a mission in Germany, to Bobbi, engaged to the perfect man (according to her family, at...more
The entire series is well researched and in depth. He does a good job of placing characters in many of the important events of the war (sometimes he's even a little too obvious about it). The characters are multi-faceted and develo...more
Rumors of War takes time to read. Not only because it contains many pages but because it is meaty and leaves a lot to chew on. I was aware of much of the brutality caused by the Nazis against the peoples, however, this book brings it to life.
War is imminent in Germany and the missionaries are trying to leave the country any way they can. It's not as easy as they suppose. One family is running for their li...more
Well, gave it another try, and boy was I amazed! I love this series sooooooooo much. I just think it's a great story, and I love WWII history. I love that all the chapters are written about the different members of the Thomas family. Heart-war...more
I would probably give this a 3.5 instead of a 4 star rating, but it was still really good. I was a little disappointed by the writing since I expected it to be a little more advanced, but the story made up for that. One thing about this book is that it made me think about WWII in ways that I didn't really think about too much. The conflict of being a Mormon in Germany and having pride in your country, while at the same time not hearing the full story about Hitler and what...more
This is one of the best boo...more
There is this family who are the main characters in the story. It's the Thomas family. The dad is the stake president for the LDS church for their...more
During World War 2, The Thomas family is torn apart. Alex, their oldest son, goes on a mission to Germany. He returns in time to go back and fight the p...more
This book is set during one of the most challenging times in the history of the world: World War II. The historical part of this book is very interesting, but very sad. In the book Pearl Harbor, Concentration Camps, and battles come to live through the fictional characters in the book.
The Thomas family live in Salt Lake City. Al Thom...more